Telegraph-56th c1910

Cuneo brothers' grocery, southwest corner of Telegraph Avenue and 56th Street, Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. Next door, to the south, was Bigge & Cuneo Grocery. Note the streetcar tracks running along Telegraph Avenue, at bottom left corner of the photograph. Structures on this block of Telegraph Avenue were demolished to make way for the Grove-Shafter Freeway/Highway 24.

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Date of Document:
circa 1910

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Geographic Location:
Telegraph Avenue and Highway 24, Oakland, Calif.

Immigrants from northern Italy had begun to settle in Temescal well before the turn of the 20th century. However, it was the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire that brought a significant influx of Italian Americans to Temescal, eventually transforming it into the East Bay s Little Italy. So many came many fleeing San Francisco s North Beach neighborhood that by the 1930s, most Temescal s stores, markets, banks, restaurants, and bars along Telegraph Avenue were Italian American owned. It was said that Temescal s commercial district so diverse was its businesses provided everything one might need.

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